Justify

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Justify ( Justificar )

jus·ti·fy

verb \ˈjəs-tə-ˌfī\

- to provide or be a good reason for (something) : to prove or show (something) to be just, right, or reasonable

- to provide a good reason for the actions of (someone)

- to position (text) so that the edges form a straight line

Full Definition of Justify

transitive verb


1 a : to prove or show to be just, right, or reasonable

b (1) : to show to have had a sufficient legal reason (2) : to qualify (oneself) as a

surety by taking oath to the ownership of sufficient property


2 a archaic : to administer justice to

b archaic : absolve

c : to judge, regard, or treat as righteous and worthy of salvation


3 a : to space (as lines of text) so that the lines come out even at the margin

b : to make even by justifying <justified margins>


intransitive verb


1 a : to show a sufficient lawful reason for an act done

b : to qualify as bail or surety


2 a: to justify lines of text

jus·ti·fi·er noun

Examples of Justify

  1. He tried to justify his behavior by saying that he was being pressured unfairly by his boss.
  2. The fact that we are at war does not justify treating innocent people as criminals.

Related to Justify

Synonyms: excuse



Related Words: account (for), alibi, explain away, rationalize; brush (aside or off), condone, disregard, forgive, gloss (over), gloze (over), ignore, pardon, pass over, remit, shrug off, wink (at)
Near Antonyms : abandon, abjure, forsake, recant, retract,take back, withdraw,; reverse, switch; controvert, disprove, rebut, refute